What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Our research-led course will give you plenty of practical experience. Our curriculum focuses on supporting you to put learning into practice and places you in school four days a week from early September until the end of June.

The programme balances excellent subject specific expertise with a deep understanding of effective teaching methods and includes an emphasis on teacher wellbeing.

Our programme also includes placements in other educational settings, later in the year to ensure that you qualify with broad teaching experience.

The programme will cover all areas of the ITT Core Content Framework providing an integrated understanding of common teaching practice and subject / phase methodology. You will be given opportunities to practise and apply your learning in the classroom.

What are the training commitments?

The programme is full time and follows the academic school term calendar. You will be placed in a main school training context for four days per week, with one day dedicated to your own personal training. Later in the year you will be given opportunities to further your training in wider school setting contexts.

As part of your programme you will also be involved in four weeks of intensive training and practice, working with expert others within different contexts.

Intensive training and practice (ITaP) is designed to support better integration of theory and practice, consolidate trainees’ understanding of how teaching practice is informed by research and evidence and consequently better prepare trainees to understand and apply learning material.

Our ITaPs will use Grossman’s (2018) model across a full week:


Learning about the theory of teaching and learning


Using representation to analyse expert teaching


Using approximations to practice and get feedback


Receiving support to apply learning in the classroom


Tracking trainees’ growing knowledge and skills

LecturesLesson observationsInstructional rehearsalsInstructional coachingLesson observations
SeminarsVideo deconstructionsScenario planningTeam teachingClassroom artefacts
Assigned readingClassroom artefactsRole playsSmall group teachingQuizzes
PodcastsLesson transcriptsCase studiesCo-planningPortfolios
InterviewsExpert modellingDigital approximationsLesson studyApproximations


The table below shows our chosen ITaP themes:

ITaP week Phase Pivotal topic focus
A– week 9Primary


High participation and think ratios/ checking for understanding


B – week 18Primary


Questioning to promote elaboration and connected flexible thinking


C – week 25PrimaryTowards mastery – embedding learning through practice until learning is fluent and secure
SecondaryDisciplinary literacy – oracy, reading and writing in academic disciplines
D– week 32PrimarySubject specialisms – deepening understanding of subject disciplines in the primary phase
SecondaryTowards mastery- progressing from structured to more independent learning as students develop knowledge and expertise

Secondary subjects we offer

  • English (R588)
  • Mathematics (L392)
  • Biology (K930)
  • Chemistry (A244)
  • Physics (K482)
  • Geography (U890)
  • History (K884)
  • RE (F522)
  • Art and design (B759)
  • MFL (B041)
  • Design and technology (X077)
  • PE (Z837)

What support will I receive?

As an unsalaried trainee you will ease into teaching by shadowing other teachers, before leading your own lessons. You will have ongoing guidance from more experienced colleagues (mentors). Each trainee will be supported by their trained mentor as well as colleagues within their schools. A lead mentor will oversee support and ensure the quality of the training programme.


The course fees for UK students in 2024 to 2025 are £9,250.

The tuition fees for UK/EU students are typically: Full-time: £9,250 per year

Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees.

Visit the DfE webpage about funding and support for more information (Funding: initial teacher training (ITT), academic year 2024 to 2025 – GOV.UK (


We’re open for applications for a September 2024 start. Please apply using the DfE apply service Apply for teacher training – GOV.UK ( – choosing “One Cumbria Teaching School Hub” – and your application will be forwarded onto us for assessment.

Before you apply, please make sure that you meet our eligibility requirements:

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

  • You will need to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the subject you are applying to teach, either through your degree qualification, your A Levels or relevant experience.
  • Grade 4 (C) or above in English and Maths GCSEs, or equivalent qualification.
  • To teach Primary, you will also need Grade 4 (C) or above in Science GCSE.
  • We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs. Functional skills qualifications are not equivalent to Maths and English GCSEs.
  • We accept most equivalency test providers. You will need to have passed your GCSE equivalency test before applying to our programme; we will not be able to process your application until you have passed.
  • Overseas qualifications will be reviewed by ENIC to ensure they meet programme requirements. If you have any questions about the programme or the application process, contact us on

School placements

Our ITT partnership is firmly rooted in carefully planned and nurtured existing relationships and recognition, and has as its aim an opportunity to make our county the best place in the country to train as a teacher over a complete career path, from ITT to National Professional Qualification – a genuine ‘Golden Thread’.

We have a network of Lead Partners and placement schools across the whole of Cumberland, Westmorland and Furness, and the North East, ranging in size, location and phase. We will leverage our existing partnerships with schools across the county to find quality placements for our student teachers. These are carefully chosen, research-informed, schools.

Our curriculum focuses on supporting you to put learning into practice to have an impact on pupils during a four day a week core school placement from mid-September.

At the beginning of your training, you will have one day a week to engage in training and development to support your teaching practice, as well as a six-week placement in a different school. The programme balances developing your subject knowledge and expertise alongside giving you a deep understanding of effective teaching methods and techniques to manage your workload and wellbeing.

When you are in your school placement, you will work closely with a trained and highly skilled, knowledgeable mentor and also spend time with other expert teachers, observing their lessons and learning how to teach and plan lessons and throughout the year practise your own teaching.

Please see below list of placement schools we are working with in 2024.

Financial support

You could be eligible for a bursary, please see link below:

To be eligible for a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 degree in any subject. You do not need to apply for a bursary. If you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it when you start the course.

You may also be eligible for a student loan. These are normally for undergraduate courses but you can also apply if you do postgraduate teacher training. Find out how much loan you could get using the student finance calculator.

Depending on your immigration status, financial support may not be available. Find out about training to teach if you’re a non-UK citizen.

Interview process

The initial stage of selection is reviewing your application.

  • We ensure your qualifications meet our entry requirements and your personal statement indicates you have a passion for education and your specialised subject.
    • If you are successful, you will be invited to interview at one of our partner schools.
  • The interview day is usually within 20 working days of receiving your application.
  • The interview process will include the following:
    • opportunity to ask questions/obtain further information
    • a panel interview
    • a subject-specific taught lesson
    • subject knowledge assessment

What are we looking for?

Enthusiastic new trainees who can demonstrate:

  • Personal qualities to make a great teacher – respect, empathy, resilience and the ability to form positive working relationships
  • The ability to self-organise and interact with others to achieve a purposeful, focused and efficient outcome
  • Reflection – an openness to feedback, the ability to embrace challenge and consider self-development in a timely and effective way.
  • An understanding of the professional contexts and demands on teachers

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.


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